Bastyr University students make the most of their summers, hiking, sailing, volunteering, training and studying the roots of medicine the world over. Have a look at the snapshots they sent of their summer adventures.
Bahareh Moshtagh and classmates traveled to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, with Naturopaths Without Borders. Over the Labor Day Weekend, Bahareh and the other students learned the importance of “expanding your horizons, crossing boundaries and getting uncomfortable,” she says. “Ultimately that’s the way you can thrive and help others flourish.”
Rosia Parrish attended the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS) one-week immersion program with 16 medical students from around the country. It is a training program for medical students to gain a better understanding of alcohol and drug dependency. Each day was filled with workshops and activities with the patients, physicians, and counselors, to better understand the many faces of addiction.
"I participated with patients in their group therapy, chronic pain support group, and spiritual care, in addition to attending lectures on topics ranging from how treatment intake works, mechanisms of action of drugs of abuse, withdrawal symptoms, warning signs of relapse, psychiatry and diagnosis of addiction, chronic pain, how children are affected by addiction and many other topics. The most profound part of my training was learning about how addiction affects the medical community, and how physicians are not immune to addiction. I learned about common addictive behaviors of physicians and others in the healthcare community, and I also met several physicians who were either patients seeking treatment or were already in recovery but spoke on behalf of their experience being a doctor who succumbed to addiction while practicing medicine."
"The whole experience humbled me and changed me in many ways, and I'm so grateful I was accepted into such a prestigious and competitive medical training program."
Geanna Marek went for a week-long sailing trip to and around the San Juan Islands of Washington in September that included a stop in Victoria, BC. "Along the way, I saw orcas and other amazing sea creatures. It was a very fun and relaxing trip."
"Jacob Hwang (left) and Brian Kunakom (right) passed out in the middle of their first parasailing experience in O'ahu."
"Big thanks to Kalin Suzuki for recommending this activity."
In between catching up on reading and teaching yoga in the mountains, Kimani McDonald attended the Bob Marley museum with family in Jamaica.
Darlene Lee, Ashley Alexis, Genevieve Price and Amber Walz, all naturopathic medicine students at Bastyr University California, travelled to Kolkata, West Bengal, India. There they were preceptors at the world-renowned Banerji Clinic, home of the homeopathic Banerji Protocols.
See students' summer postcards from 2014.